LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 16) – World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) came from behind to win her fourth slalom race of the season, sealing the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom title of her young career. Shiffrin, who celebrated her 18th birthday March 13th, became the first U.S. slalom World Cup champion since Tamara McKinney in 1983-84.
The thrilling race came to a crescendo as Shiffrin erased a 1.17 first run deficit with the fastest final run time to win over Bernadette Schild of Austria and overall champion Tina Maze of Slovenia. Maze, who has posted a record shattering 2,314 point season, led the slalom standings by seven points going into the winner-take-all race.
“Winning the slalom title was my goal from the beginning of this year.” Shiffrin said. “The World Championships title was amazing, but it wasn’t a goal that I had set. I almost forgot World Championships were happening this year until they happened and that was just a cherry on top of the cake.
The last racer of the day, Slovenian rival Tina Maze, couldn’t edge out in front of Shiffrin’s smooth and fast second run on the tricky course.
Shiffrin wiappear on The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS on Tuesday (03/19/13) evening and on the TODAY Show on NBC Wednesday morning.